YELLING "ALLAHU AKBAR" COULD BE A CLUE
... but we mustn't jump to conclusions
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
A young British girl, Ms Ayliffe-Chung was stabbed to death yesterday at a Townsville hostel allegedly by a French fruit picker. Multiple witnesses said he was yelling “Allahu akbar” (God is great). She was described as being an “infectiously happy” girl by devastated co-workers at a Gold Coast nightclub.
Owner/manager of the night club, The Bedroom, Maxwell Pickering, son of Jamie Pickering, said this afternoon that the 21 year old was a delight to have around and she was adored by everyone. “Staff have been so upset that I decided on closing the club tonight and we are all going out somewhere to pay a quiet tribute to her.
“She had only just left work here in order to comply with her visa requirements and we were looking forward to having her back here before Christmas”, Max Pickering said.
Queensland Police Service Deputy Commissioner, Steve Gollschewski said the man was yelling “Allahu Akbar” again when police arrested him. A review of the officers’ body-worn cameras confirmed that this had occurred.
Mr Gollschewski appealed for calm, saying there was no evidence Ms Ayliffe-Chung’s suspected killer had been radicalised. “While this information will be factored in we are not ruling out any motivations at this stage, whether they be political or criminal”, he said.
Did he say “the motivation could be political or criminal”? Not religious this time? Well, I’m fairly confident that “Allahu akbar” is not an Italian expression and that it’s probably an Arabic expression and that something criminal has likely occurred.
It seems the Deputy Commissioner is reading from the AFP hymn book in that the word “Islamic” is not mentioned.
Mr Gollschewski said, “mental health would also be examined as a possible factor in the crime”. Oh, so at this stage mental health might be a factor but not radical Islam? Surely this “Allahu akbar” expression could be a lead worth following up? I mean he wasn’t yelling “hallowed be thy name” in Hebrew was he?
And Mr Gollschewski thinks mental health might be a factor? Really Mr Gollschewski? I mean how many sane people attempt to murder three people and a dog with a knife, leaving a beautiful young girl and the dog dead?
Will this mental health crap earn him a course of counselling if convicted?
If the crime does turn out to have an Islamic connection it’s sure to be another lone wolf eh? I mean we don’t want to give Islam itself a bad name do we? Except that this “Allahu akbar” business does keep cropping up while people are in the process of being murdered!
“We’re still trying to establish a motive, it’s not until we speak to all witnesses will we be in a position to know more”, Mr Gollschewski said.
One person present had suggested that the alleged murderer appeared to be under the effect of the drug ice.
Until these murderous Middle Easterners, whether on ice or not, come up with a different version of “God is great”, surely it’s reasonable to suspect an Islamic connection.
And in the meantime that old squib term “alleged” could safely be used by police when honestly reporting a murder.